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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Cell & Developmental Biology. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.

  • 08.30.2022

    August 17th marked one-year since esteemed friend, colleague and scientist James R. "Jim" Bartles, PhD, passed away.

    Jim’s early research focused on membrane polarity, leading to the identification of a novel actin binding protein family, which he named espin. A pioneer in understanding mechanosensation in the inner ear and field of audiology, he devoted his career to demonstrating the importance of espins in the bundling of F-actin in the stereocilia of mouse hair cells and its relevance to normal hearing and in deafness.

    Jim’s contributions to the field and legacy live on through his research and scientific scholarship. A recent study with contributions from our late colleague Jim, published in the journal Cytoskeleton, is shared here.

  • 08.02.2022

    Investigators identified a molecular “brake” that can reduce the activation of damaging cells known to cause primary graft dysfunction — a leading culprit in lung transplant failure.

  • 08.01.2022

    Cell and Developmental Biology is a field that's integral to finding new therapies for a wide variety of diseases. At Feinberg, Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD, a vascular biologist, leads the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology as chair. In this episode, she talks about her research and the future of cell-based treatments for diseases.  

  • 06.01.2022

    A Northwestern Medicine study has uncovered distinct roles of major nuclear lamin isoforms in maintaining intracellular interactions and cellular mechanics.

  • 04.07.2022

    Investigators have discovered that two cytoskeletal proteins which were previously thought to function independently actually interact and form essential cytoskeletal networks within the cell surface.

  • 03.11.2022

    Motor proteins “slingshot” microtubules within developing egg cells of fruit flies, creating a current that transports mRNA to a developing egg.

  • 03.01.2022

    Testicular pain, erectile dysfunction, reduced sperm count and quality, decreased fertility are direct consequence of infection, new study shows. 

  • 01.12.2022

    Intravascular resident macrophages, dubbed MacAIRs, provide critical support to endothelial cells in regulating thrombin activity and clearing fibrin deposits in regions of disrupted blood flow, according to a Nature Cardiovascular Research study led by Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD.

  • 11.12.2021

    A previously unknown mechanism involving the protein Scribble helps maintain polarity in cells, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.

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